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Manuel Apicella
Number of games in database: 334
Years covered: 1984 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2501 (2508 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2555

Overall record: +115 -93 =126 (53.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (73) 
    B58 B33 B92 B90 B32
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C67 C91 C84 C95 C97
 French Defense (16) 
    C11 C10 C18 C19 C16
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B92 B90
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (13) 
    C91 C95 C84 C97 C92
 French (11) 
    C11 C10
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (74) 
    C05 C18 C01 C02 C19
 King's Indian (36) 
    E94 E90 E60 E67 E77
 French Winawer (33) 
    C18 C19 C16 C15 C17
 French Tarrasch (27) 
    C05 C04
 Sicilian (12) 
    B31 B59 B32 B30 B40
 Queen's Gambit Declined (11) 
    D31 D30 D37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Apicella vs C Bauer, 2003 1-0
   M Apicella vs J P Boudre, 2001 1-0
   M Apicella vs Lautier, 1986 1/2-1/2
   M Apicella vs Lautier, 2001 1/2-1/2
   M Apicella vs A Payen, 1999 1-0
   E Boric vs M Apicella, 2007 0-1
   M Apicella vs I Farago, 2007 1-0
   H Deveau vs M Apicella, 2005 0-1
   P Nikac vs M Apicella, 2007 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   French Team Championship (2015)
   Cappelle la Grande (2009)
   27th Cappelle-la-Grande (2011)
   European Club Cup (2006)
   European Club Cup (2003)
   Cappelle La Grande (2003)
   European Club Cup (2007)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   28th Cappelle-la-Grande (2012)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)

   🏆 French Team Championship
   A Sokolov vs M Apicella (Jun-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   M Apicella vs Loic Travadon (Jun-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   C Vitoux vs M Apicella (Jun-02-18) 1/2-1/2
   F Rambaldi vs M Apicella (May-31-18) 1/2-1/2
   M Apicella vs N Maisuradze (May-30-18) 0-1

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(born Apr-19-1970, 49 years old) France

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GM Manuel Apicella was born in Longjumeau, France. He was awarded the GM title in 1995. GM Apicella became French Chess Champion in 1992 and played for France in three Chess Olympiads (1994, 1996 and 2000).

Wikipedia article: Manuel Apicella

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 334  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs M Apicella 1-0251984Champigny sur Marne opB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. M Apicella vs Degraeve  1-0351986FRA-chBB30 Sicilian
3. M Apicella vs Lautier ½-½451986FRA-chBB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
4. M Apicella vs J P Boudre  1-0421987Ch FranceC50 Giuoco Piano
5. G Andruet vs M Apicella  ½-½191987FRA-chA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
6. Lautier vs M Apicella  1-0451987FRA-chA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
7. Hebden vs M Apicella  ½-½671988Paris-ch OpenA48 King's Indian
8. I Bilek vs M Apicella  ½-½81988Val Maubuee (France)A15 English
9. M Apicella vs L Shamkovich  1-0411988GMA World Cup OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
10. M Apicella vs Reshevsky  ½-½511988GMA World Cup OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
11. G Andruet vs M Apicella  ½-½131989Paris-ch opB40 Sicilian
12. V Garabedian vs M Apicella  ½-½521989Royan opE60 King's Indian Defense
13. M Apicella vs V Kovacevic  ½-½161989VinkovciC11 French
14. G Andruet vs M Apicella  1-0571989Val MaubueeE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
15. M Apicella vs G Andruet  ½-½171989FRA-chC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. Joel Benjamin vs M Apicella  1-0661989Paris-ch opC02 French, Advance
17. Shirov vs M Apicella  1-0361989Val MaubueeE73 King's Indian
18. M Apicella vs Kupreichik 0-1411989Val MaubueeB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. M Apicella vs Ivkov  ½-½601989Cannes OpenB30 Sicilian
20. M Apicella vs Tolnai  1-0411989EUR-chT (Men) 9thB42 Sicilian, Kan
21. Stefan Djuric vs M Apicella  1-0671989EUR-chT (Men) 9thC15 French, Winawer
22. M Apicella vs F Rayner  1-0631989EUR-chT (Men) 9thC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
23. A Kosten vs M Apicella  1-0351989EUR-chT (Men) 9thC05 French, Tarrasch
24. Plachetka vs M Apicella  0-1461989EUR-chT (Men) 9thE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
25. M Apicella vs Hertneck  0-1411990FRA-FRGC19 French, Winawer, Advance
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 334  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-10-06  BIDMONFA: Manuel Apicella


Feb-10-06  jackmandoo: He looks like a chess palyer.
Feb-10-06  blingice: Apparently you have to do more than be a Grandmaster to get a picture and a multi-word bio on <>...
Feb-13-06  dakgootje: Think hes got one of the best bio's of the whole site! ;-)
Dec-10-06  stanleys: I won against GM Apicella a week ago in a rapid tournament.This was my first-ever tournament game against a grandmaster!
Dec-10-06  refutor: congratulations! show us the game!
Dec-11-06  stanleys: Thanks <refutor>!
Unfortunately I could not restore the whole game - remember only about 30-35 moves.Will post it soon
Dec-12-06  stanleys: Here it is:
stanleys - GM Apicella

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.d4 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.e4 ed4 9.Nd4 Re8 10.h3 Nc5 11.Re1 Bd7 12.Rb1 a6?! 13.b4 Ne6 14.Nb3 Rb8 15.Be3 h6?! 16.Qd2 Kh7 17.Rbd1 Qc8 18.Kh2 b5 19.c5 Ng5 20.Bg5 hg5 21.cd6 cd6 22.Rc1 Qd8 23.Qd6 Rb6 24.Qd2 g4 25.Rcd1 Qc8 26.Nc5 Be6 27.h4 Bc4 28.Nd5 Rd6 29.Qf4 Red8 30.a3 Nd5 31.ed5 Rf6 32.Qe3 Rf5 33.d6 Bf8 34.d7 Qc7 35.Na6 Qd7 36.Rd7 Rd7 37.Be4 Rf6 38.Nc5 Ra7....1:0

Dec-14-06  stanleys: Winning this game in the last round allowed me to get the third prize
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  brankat:'s biography of Mr.Apicella reads: "Grandmaster."

A gem of brevity! :-)

Happy Birthday Manuel!

Apr-19-08  slomarko: could be worse they could have writen: "chessplayer" ;)
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  Calli: "Vice-Champion de France 1994"

What's a vice champion? Player has a lot of vices?

Apr-19-08  MichAdams: It's a fancy dan way of saying 'runner-up'.
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  OhioChessFan: That would be this player, <calli>

M Sinn

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  brankat: Calli is just joking :-)
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  Calli: Yes, but the French must be joking too. "vice" means "in place of", the vice-president can take the role of president, a viceroy is in place of the Roi or king in a territory. Vice-champion in chess? If the first place winner dies, you take their place until next year?
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  brankat: Yes, that's in the FIDE regulations since June 2006. (Reg. # I-123 ABC etc) :-)

Jun-10-08  stanleys: About 1,5 year later: Same tournament,same round (the last one),same colours and same opening line.However, this time the game was drawn and we changed our places in the tournament table: GM Apicella took the third prize and me the fourth

stanleys(2240) -GM Apicella(2533)
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.d4 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.e4 ed4 9.Nxd4 Re8 10.Re1 Nc5 11.h3 a6 12.Rb1 Bd7 13.b4 Ne6 14.Nb3 Re8 15.Be3 Ng4 16.hg4 Bxc3 17.Bd2 Bxd2 18.Qxd2 Qg5 19.Qxg5 Nxg5 20.f4 Ne6 21.g5 Ba4 22.e5 de5 23.Rxe5 Bxb3 24.ab3 c6 25.b5 ab5 26.cb5 Nd4 27.Rxe8 Rxe8 28.bc6 bc6 29.Rd1 c5 30.Rd3 Re1+ 31.Kf2 Re2+ 32.Kf1 Rb2 33.Bd5 Kg7 34.Rc3 Nc2 35.Rxc5 Ne3+ 36.Kg1 Nxd5 37.Rxd5 Rxb3 38.Kf2 h6 39.gh6+ Kxh6 40.g4 1/2 - 1/2

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Biographies: (in French) (in English) (in German) (in Polish)


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  whiteshark: Wow, thanks for that, <Tabanus>. Good job!
Dec-22-11  Tietie007: Serais-tu la bÍte noire d'Apicella, en Rapide ?
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